Old Mole Variety Hour

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Every Monday from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM.

A program of social and political commentary from a socialist-feminist point of view.

The Old Mole burrows down to the roots of the great issues of our time – the struggles of ordinary people for democratic and sustainable ways of life.  The Mole goes where corporate media fear to tread, supporting grassroots challenges to top-down authority and giving voice to movements that shake the foundations of an unjust society.  The Moles' perspective is democratic, anti-capitalist, feminist, and anti-racist.  We count Karl Marx as a friend but are open to other voices from the left. The show includes analyses of global politics and economics, local grassroots activism, segments on the Left & the Law, and reviews of films, books, music, and theater. 

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Our theme song is the traditional "Mole in the Ground," sometimes performed by Clayton & Ernie, sometimes by Joe C,  and sometimes blended with other versions, like the one by dj/rupture, sung by Sindhu Zagoren on the album Special Gunpowder

Our graphic lettering is by Charlie Ertola. Host portraits by Clayton Morgareidge.
 

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Asylum Politics

Airs at: Mon, 12/03/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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In this Left and the Law segment, Jan Haaken and Mike Snedeker (pictured here in the studio) take up asylum politics and a California federal judge's ruling last month blocking the Trump administration's proclomation that people who crossed the border between official porta... Read more

The Old Mole Variety Hour for December 3, 2018

Airs at: Mon, 12/03/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Clayton Morgareidge hosts this edition of the Old Mole, and we hear these segments: 1. Bill Resnick and Jeremy Brecher discuss the proposal sponsored by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for a Green New Deal. 2. Clayton Morgareidge shows how a Green New Deal would run against the g... Read more

The Old Mole Variety Hour for November 26, 2018

Airs at: Mon, 11/26/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Laurie Mercier hosts this episode and we hear these segments:   Bill Resnick talks with Johanna Bozuma about making PG&E in CA a publically-owned and responsibly-run utility. Laurie talks with Margot Black of Portland Tenants’ United and with Mercy Strongheart with the... Read more

Taking Over PG&E

Airs at: Mon, 11/26/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Bill Resnick interviews Johanna Bozuwa, Research Associate at the Democracy Collaborative, about how public ownership of electric utilities can help avert climate catastrophe and promote energy democracy, and how the California wildfires and PG&E’s culpability have incre... Read more

Wimby Tenant Union Action

Airs at: Mon, 11/26/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Laurie Mercier talks with Margot Black of Portland Tenants’ United and with Mercy Strongheart of the Wimby Tenants Union about the Nov. 26th press conference at Wimbledon Square and Gardens to demand a rent abatement for ongoing livability issues, and about organizing fo... Read more

Urgency of Climate Change

Airs at: Mon, 11/26/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Frann Michel rounds up resources showing we have less time than we thought, but shouldn't give up.  The text of her comments, with links to sources, can be found on the Old Mole blog.     image via the World Health Organization     Read more

Valve Turner Emily Johnston

Airs at: Mon, 11/26/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Jan Haaken talks with Emily Johnston about the trial in Minnesota last month where she and two other climate activists enlisted the Necessity Defense in a landmark jury trial.  In October of 2016 Emily was one of the five "valve turners" who together instigated shutdown ... Read more

The Old Mole Variety Hour for November 19, 2018

Airs at: Mon, 11/19/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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Joe Clement hosts this episode and we hear: Bill Resnick and Larry Klineman talk about local and national immigration politics, including the defeat of Measure 105. Larry Bowlden reviews Barbara Kingsolver's latest novel, Unsheltered. Joe shares special audio and music abo... Read more

Joe Hill Day

Airs at: Mon, 11/19/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Joe Clement shares music by and about  IWW Organizer Joe Hill, including Phil Ochs' ballad of his life and untimely death by execution on November 19, 1915.  Joe C.  plays songs from Don't Mourn, Organize: the Joe Hill Song Book,  and announces a commemmorative concert M... Read more

Right 2 Survive in Southeast

Airs at: Mon, 11/19/2018 at 9:00am - 10:00am
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  Jan Haaken talks with activists from Right 2 Survive including Sandra Comstock and Jeff Liddicoat, about the campaign for a village in SE Portland,  resistance to the enhanced surveillance district in Portland’s central eastside (also known as a homeless exclusion distri... Read more